Why Mosaics ?
I have always been fascinated by ancient art and architecture. Why and how did our ancestors build the Pyramids, Stonehenge, the Pont du Gard, the Cathedrals ? Even today, building such monuments would represent a technical challenge.
The Pont du Gard was built by Roman Engineers in 60 AD…
Not only are these structures still there after several millennia, they also are beautiful, and we can’t but feel awe at their sight.
I have the highest respect for the engineers, architects and artists of the past, for their ability to conceive, to draw, to plan and execute. For the masters who built the cathedrals in Chartres and Amiens, for the architects of the Parthenon, the painters of Lascaux…
Horse hunt in Lascaux – Dordogne, France
I am also a firm believer in rituals. They bring us in communion with our ancestors, and what are rituals but the repetition of words and moves executed in the past, again and again and again ?
I am using today in Alabama the same martelina – a half moon shaped hammer – mosaicists were using in Rome, Syria and Tunisia 2000 years ago to cut their tesserae.
In communion with them, I feel what they were feeling at work, creating pieces which to this day feel us with admiration.
When I lay the tesserae of a fireplace mantel, I am in communion with the artists who laid the floors of the 4th century Seviac Villa.
The Labyrinth of the Church of the Nativity, Dothan, AL
When I lay the tesserae of a fireplace mantel, I am – through my actions – in communion with the artists who laid the floors of the 4th century Seviac Villa.
Now why are these structures still standing after all these years ? They were made out of Stones, Glasses or Ceramics! Earth and Fire !
Stone, ceramic and glass last. Wood rots or burns, adobe and terra cotta break and crumble, paint fades, iron rusts, bronze crumbles… Mosaics Last !